PLATEAU : Lawmaker Encourages Women With Disabilities To Fight for Their Rights

9 March 2021 By Mwuese Adem

Member Representing Plateau North West Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mrs Esther Dusu, has charged women to rise and fight for their rights irrespective of their disabilities.

The lawmaker stated this at an event organised by a Non Governmental Organization “Perfect Peculiar Foundation” PPF to mark this year’s international women’s day for women with disabilities in the State.

At the event ,Mrs. Dusu while speaking with Journalists said the Nigerian Constitution gives equal rights to Women just as it is ascribed to the male folk, therefore no one should be discriminated.

The only female legislator out of 24 legislators in the house, tasked government at all levels and private employers of labor not to discriminate against women with disabilities.

Founder of the PPF, Mrs Patricia Pam, who explained that her disability was as a result of a car accident 17 years ago, which affected her spinal-cord, said the event was to motivate women with disabilities to have a sense of belonging.

She urged those who stereotype against persons with disability, particularly the women folk to begin to see the potential of such persons instead of condemnation.

Delivering a lecture Titled “Smashing stereotypes and discrimination against women with disabilities” a peace advocate, Mrs Jirimwa Goyit, said that most women with disabilities in Nigeria feel inferior, hence the discrimination by other citizens.

Mrs Goyit charged women generally to seek further information on how best to better their lives in the society, and also contribute to the development of the country.

Also speaking, State Chairman of the Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, Mrs Jenifer Yarima called on government to include women in decision making and ensure the rights of women with Disabilities are protected and promoted.

There were good will messages from the international Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA and National Orientation Agency.

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